Hundreds mourn murdered LGBT activist in Cameroon

Published: August 4, 2013

 Hundreds of mourners took part in yesterday’s funeral for murdered journalist and LGBT rights activist Eric Lembembe, 33, including the United States ambassador, the United Kingdom’s high commissioner and the European Union’s program director for Cameroon.

The dead, tortured body of Lembembe was discovered in his locked apartment on July 15 by colleagues who contacted police after they became worried that they had not heard from him for days.  Police have not found his murderer or murderers, but his colleagues are sure that Lembembe was the victim of a homophobic attack.
Lembembe, a gay man, was executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation For AIDS (Camfaids), an advocacy group fighting against AIDS and for human rights of LGBT people in Cameroon, which is one of the world’s most violently anti-gay nations.
He advocated for LGBTI rights and against AIDS in Cameroon for six years, including recent work with Human Rights Watch (HRW) in documenting human rights violations affecting LGBT people in Cameroon.
As a journalist, his works were published over the years by four newspapers in Cameroon,  by the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and by the Erasing 76 Crimes blog.  For the blog,  which focuses on the human toll of 76-plus countries’ anti-gay laws and the struggle to repeal them, he wrote 42 articles related to LGBT rights in Cameroon, 24 of which were published in English and 18 in French.
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